This fall, take action to reduce the risk of falls

One in three adults over age 65 fall at least once a year. The impact of a fall can be significant. Injuries from a fall can cause cascading problems that prevent someone from remaining safe in their home.

But, falling does not have to be an inevitable part of aging. This Fall Prevention Awareness Week, take steps to prevent the risk of falls in your home or the homes of older adults in your life.

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Who is at risk for a heart attack in the heat?

Man at a construction site is saying, "Working outside puts me at risk."

Our comic strip shows how many health conditions and medications make people more sensitive to heat, and that makes them at increased risk for kidney failure, stroke, and heart attack. Find out if you or your loved ones are at risk and what to do when the weather gets hot.

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Expanding vaccination to older adults in King County

Senior woman getting a vaccine from her doctor in her home during a house visit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All older adults in Washington state over the age of 65 are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. People 50 and older who live in multigenerational households are also eligible if they meet certain conditions. Due to limited supply of vaccine, not everyone will be able to access a vaccine right away. Access will improve as the supply chain widens and providers in King County receive more doses. Learn how to get vaccinated in King County and read more about the expanded vaccination eligibility.

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Protecting residents in long-term care facilities – progress and challenges

A looming heartbreak in the coronavirus pandemic is the impact of the virus on people living in long-term care facilities such as skilled nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family homes. Locally and nationally, the biggest outbreaks have been in these facilities, which house and care for more than 12,000 people in King County.

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